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Fascinating and enthralling,
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This review is from: It Never Snows in September: The German View of Market-Garden and the Battle of Arnhem September 1944: (Paperback)
I had three very personal reasons for reading this book. Firstly my father fought at Arnhem and was captured at Nijmegen as a German Para. Secondly, I served in the Parachute Regiment and obviously Arnhem was one of the battle honours but more than that I served with men who had been there (on the Allied side). So from my father I heard one side, from my colleagues I'd heard the other side, plus, thirdly, I was one of those who jumped at Arnhem for the film "A Bridge Too Far" in the early 70s.
With all that behind me I had never realised how intense and chaotic the battles were around Arnhem. Not just one battle, numerous individual intense battles, making a whole.
Robert Kershaw's book is a must read. I couldn't put it down, I wanted to know what happened next in this or that particular encounter. Although I, as does everyone, knew the final result, I did not realise how extremely close it was. Mr Kershaw uses brief quotes through his narrative from soldiers on the ground who were there, thus drawing you in until you can virtually hear the grenades going off. Excellent and totally enthralling. I might have known the result but quite honestly there were times when I didn't know who to cheer for!!
I can understand when one of the German veterans in the book laughs at the film "A Bridge Too Far".
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Initial post: 31 Jul 2012 22:34:48 BDT
I've just managed to get a copy of this book in hardback and I recommend others do the same. However I have to say that I found your review as remarkable and as fascinating as many of the narratives I have on the battle. You must be unique in your personal perspective.
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